Lakeland Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys You Can Trust
There are more than 680 licensed nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Lakeland, Florida, catering to more than 73,000 residents at any given time. When you make the difficult decision to entrust the care and welfare of a loved one to these facilities, you expect them to provide a safe environment with high quality nursing care. However, between 2015 and 2016, there were 1000s of deficiencies reported by health officials at facilities operating within the Sunshine State.
Signs of abuse and neglect are frequently difficult to identify and often mistaken for the normal aging process. In addition, because most victims are dependent on nursing staff for daily care, many are unable to protect themselves and reluctant to report instances of neglect and abuse. For almost 20 years, the Fernandez Firm has been successfully prosecuting long-term care givers which negligently injure their residents or violate their resident’s rights. To find out more, contact our Lakeland attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Warning Signs of Abuse and Neglect
It is important you recognize the signs and symptoms of resident abuse and neglect when placing a family member in a long-term care facility. Signs and symptoms may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Bedsores or Pressure Sores
Know Your Lakeland Nursing Home Resident Rights
Florida law and the Florida Department of Health regulations impose specific rules, regulations and guidelines for the operation of nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the Sunshine State. The nursing home abuse attorneys from the Fernandez Firm have significant experience in this field of practice and will work with you when a loved one is injured, harmed or dies because the facility failed to comply with the following state requirements:
- Health care providers working at nursing homes facilities must possess minimum state-mandated qualifications
- A nursing home must have at least one nurse, dietician, and doctor on staff that are licensed to practice their specialty in the state
- All staff members must pass a criminal background screening and be up to date on immunizations as mandated by Florida law
- Nursing homes must provide residents with social activities, meals that meet nutritional guidelines, daily exercise, access to a health care provider and medication, mental health counseling as required by the individual resident
- Nursing home facilities must provide quality health care and protect residents from any form of mental or physical abuse, extended seclusion and any form of restraint
- Nursing homes must report of any violations by their staff members to state officials following an accident or injury
State law also requires nursing homes to furnish residents with living conditions that are clean and sanitary. This includes clothing, bed linens, resident’s rooms, and common areas. Our attorneys pursue civil damages when Lakeland nursing homes fail to live up to state standards and injure their residents.
Compensation for Abused Nursing Home Residents
Although the state requires facilities to report incidents of abuse and neglect and imposes strict penalties for failing to meet the standard of care, many incidents are ignored or they are conveniently forgotten and go unreported. At the Fernandez Firm, our nursing home abuse attorneys are tough and have recovered millions prosecuting the cases of injured residents. Below are some of the larger recoveries our attorneys have made in these cases:
- $2.3 million against nursing home facility on behalf of the family of a 92-year-old woman who died after being dumped from her wheelchair by a negligent nursing aid.
- $1.9 million an elderly resident who developed multiple infected bedsores.
- $250,000 for a gentleman who was developed pressure sores on his heals while a resident in a Winter Haven Rehabilitation facility.
- $1,250,000 for an elderly mother who suffered multiple falls, developed contractures and pressure sore due to neglect and abuse at a Central Florida nursing home facility.